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The Legacy: The Ring of the Nibelung / St. Matthew Passion / Brandenburg Concerto / Don Giovanni / The Magic Flute Box set

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  • Performer: Wiener Sängerknaben
  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Chorus & Orchestra of Milan Scala, Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 107
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Membran
  • ASIN: B004JC16LC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Naturally, as music is subjective, a matter of taste and opinion, one could argue that apart from Furtwangler; Toscanini, Reiner, Mendelberg, or Monteux were the greatest that ever lived. One can debate that point and get no where, for we each have our favourite conductor of the past. But I will state, that Furtwangler was unique. The sales of Furtwangler CD's are at a record high to people who never heard him in their life time. Even a film called Taking sides was made in 2001 about him.(read my reviews below. This is a long review). So why the interest in a conductor who died in 1954? The idea of freedom that allows the notes to dictate their own shape or tone. Not in an unfettered fashion, but with a message to impart. This musical thinking has gained followers in Abbado, Barenboim and Thielemann who condider Furtwangler their role model.

"Furtwangler's performance didn't so much start as emerge. The famous indecisive beat was a ploy with a purpose, and not as some professional musicians will tell you, a symptom of technical incompetence." Gramophone February 2005. For example, the Berlin Orchestra asked him to cue entries more precisely. Furtwangler declined. An entry like that was too direct for him. The formation of a tone was evidently more important to him than the imutable form of its presence. He favoured intuitive insights, where markings on the page were viewed more as guidelines than instructions. Thus, the page was there for him to bring the music alive. So his performances combined spontaneity, impulsiveness and deep inwardness. Furtwangler placed more importance on the power of improvision than on the technical perfection that was to be achieved through continual rehearsing. For this conductor worked on the inner meaning and the hidden laws of music.
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Yes, indeed, a marvelous collection of this highly reputed conductor's works. Truth be told, it is hard to go wrong with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, which provide the backbone of this large box set, and with the legendary Furtwangler at the helm, well, much musical treasure is to be found. The sound quality does vary, as can be expected, but that's no problem for me, and overall this is certainly a worthwhile investment. I have thus far sampled from most of the boxed 'chapters' as it were; Beethoven, Brahms, etcetera, and some astonishing highlights have delighted me (Beethoven's Eighth Symphony is suddenly my favorite!). I am glad that Membran company made this box set available - and while it may not get an amazon review from Pope Francis (see photo with Angela Merkel), it may still get his blessing!
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I have my differences with Membran, and so far I've not heard enough of this box to know whether they have been completely resolved here. But the Beethoven section at least is much better than I expected. In the past Membran have published two different transfers of the VPO Beethoven 7 included here - one in a two disc set with the Bayreuth 9th, in a series they called "the 50s", and one in one of those 10 disc boxes in which every conductor is a Maestro Preposteroso or something like it. The Maestro one, published after the two disc set, in their Furtwangler Vol 3, is dreadful. The big box has the other, and better transfer. You can get a proper handle on this flawed but stirring performance, which the old Record Guide took to pieces in its first edition (Sackvillie-West and Shaw-Taylor didn't trust Furtwangler, except in Wagner). The Concertgebouw Beethoven First is a public performance but sounds decent enough, though the woodwind is backward, until the applause which suggests aggressive processing. Schneiderhahn's Violin Concerto is, (besetting sin with Membran) transferred at a low level, so you can only just hear the drum taps, which play an unusual part in the cadenza adapted from the one Beethoven devised for his piano arrangement, and the Menuhin Beethoven romances sound well. I haven't tried the Beethoven Second (a unique survivor, from, of all places, the Albert Hall, and sonically poor, it's of interest because Furtwangler, who was usually being lambasted by somebody or other for his flexible tempi in Beethoven, and contrasted with Toscanini's alleged purity and understanding of the composer's intentions, plays the second movement exactly as Schindler's biography says Beethoven himself did).Read more ›
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Right off, I must confess that I simply have not had the time to listen to all of the CDs in this enormous Membran box set, but that I am selectively working my way through it. Whatever one thinks about the recordings, live and studio, that Wilhelm Furtwängler has left us, I can be categoric and say that you really can't go wrong with this set. Broadly speaking the transfers are excellent; perhaps not quite up to the standards of, say, Pristine Classical or Tahra, but, in the real world of economic hard times, they really are quite good enough.

Indeed, I'd say that the Beethoven transfers here are much better than those issued by EMI not so long ago (The Great EMI.. or Beethoven: Complete Symphonies) where, probably due to the deterioration of the original sources, too much processing has robbed the sound of high frequencies; that's not the case here - a bit of hiss and occasional blasting is far preferable to my ears. The classic Tristan & Isolde is, frankly, a much better transfer than EMI's, and many of the pre-war recordings are as good as the Naxos Historical releases that I have heard.

Clearly, this set does not contain everything that Furtwängler left (that would probably fill 500 discs!), but does contain all of the core recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, etc. that most collectors will ever need.

The presentation is quite good, too. You get a heavy-duty box well over a foot long with a lift-off lid.
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